RMS Andania (1921)

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For other ships of the same name, see RMS Andania.
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RMS Andania, on a postcard (c. 1921)
United Kingdom
Name: RMS Andania
Owner: Cunard Line
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Hebburn[1]
Launched: 1 November 1921[1]
Sponsored by: Lady Perley[2]
Maiden voyage: 1 June 1922[1]
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk, 16 June 1940[1]
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: "A"-class ocean liner
Tonnage: 13,950 GRT
Length: 158.55 m (520 ft 2 in)
Beam: 19.90 m (65 ft 3 in)
Propulsion: Double reduction steam turbines, 2 shafts
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
  • 1,700 passengers:
  • 500 cabin class, 1,200 3rd class
  • As armed merchant cruiser:
  • 8 × 6 in (150 mm) guns
  • 2 × anti-aircraft guns

RMS Andania was a British ocean liner launched in 1921. She was the first of six 14,000 ton "A"-class liners built for the Cunard Line in the early 1920s.[3] The other ships were Antonia, Austonia, Aurania, Ascania, and Alaunia.


The ship was constructed in Hebburn, England by the shipbuilders Hawthorn Leslie and Company, was 538 feet long, and weighed just under 14,000 tons. She could carry more than 1,700 passengers and required 270 crew.[4] She firstly worked on the Hamburg to New York route, and later between Liverpool and Montreal.[3]

Use during WW II[edit]

At the start of World War II, Andania was requisitioned for use as an armed merchant cruiser. Whilst engaged on these duties, she was torpedoed and badly damaged by the German submarine U-A on 16 June 1940. All on board were rescued before the crippled liner sank some 70 miles (110 km) from Reykjavík, Iceland.


RMS Andania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-A on 16 June 1940 70 miles (110 km) from Reykjavík, Iceland.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Andania II". cunard.co.uk. 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lady Perley launches S.S. Andania". British Pathé. 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "R.M.S. Andania (II)". greatships.net. 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Andania-II Independent website - Retrieved on 2007-07-25

Coordinates: 62°36′N 15°09′W / 62.600°N 15.150°W / 62.600; -15.150